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May the Sphere Bunny bring you many, many Spring Spheres

Why is it that schools, the supposed bastions of education and purported citadels of tolerance and intelligence are so blasted uneducated, stupid and intolerant?

Latest example?  A teenager in Seattle, doing community service work, does a project to hand out to younger children in class.  The results?  Just fascinating in a bizarre and idiotic sort of way:

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs."

Rather than question the decision, Jessica opted to "roll with it." But the third graders had other ideas.

"When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew," Jessica said.

Never mind that a “sphere” is perfectly round, not an ovoid shape.  It has to do with the unbelievable nonsense that allowing something that has been a traditional American practice and celebration since the founding of the country has to be made secular because A) it will somehow be construed as the school establishing religion or B) it will offend someone or C) all of the above.

It doesn’t establish anything in terms of religion and if it offends someone, tough.  The argument could be made that celebrations of Spring favor Wiccans or Druids or something.  And how about those who are offended when teachers make up  stupid and obviously incorrect descriptions for Easter eggs like “spring spheres”?

This is the same school district that declared Thanksgiving to be racist and a time for mourning instead.  The district  has also defined racism in unique and toxic ways.  For instance:

Racism:
The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by the members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites). The subordination is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society.

Notice the only group listed who can possibly be racist according to their definition.

And it gets even better.  

Cultural Racism:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other”, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only Whites as great writers or composers.

Got that?  “Future time orientation”, i.e. planning ahead, is racist.  Apparently only whites do it.  And individualism?  Racist.  And the school district also made it clear they had no desire "to hold onto unsuccessful concepts such as [a] . . . colorblind mentality."

Calling MLK Jr., because as I remember him, a colorblind society was his fondest hope.

The Supreme Court of the United States literally mocked the district’s racial nonsense in a ruling it issued.

Interestingly, the justices highlighted the bizarre claims about race made by the Seattle schools, which cast doubt on whether allowing schools to use race will promote racial harmony rather than racial balkanization.

For example, the Chief Justice’s opinion points out that “Seattle’s web site formerly described ‘emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology’ as a form of ‘cultural racism,’ and currently states that the district has no intention ‘to hold onto unsuccessful concepts such as [a] . . . colorblind mentality.”

Justice Thomas pointed to those claims, and other bizarre claims on Seattle’s web site, in rejecting the dissent’s argument that “local school boards should be entrusted to make decisions on the basis of race.”

Now they’re into “Spring Spheres”.

Wouldn’t you just love for your child to have to grow up attending school in a district that makes race (and now religion) as toxic as that? 

So enlightened.  /sarc

~McQ

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20 Responses to May the Sphere Bunny bring you many, many Spring Spheres

  • There is nothing Christian about the Easter Bunny, except the use of the word “Easter”.
    Next, they will be claiming that Porky Pig is anti-Semitic.

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      There is nothing Christian about the Easter Bunny, except the use of the word “Easter”.

       
      Not even that. Easter comes from Eostre, an ancient fertility goddess.

      • Actually no.  The time of year, specifically the traditional month, gives the term Easter in English/German areas.  Elsewhere it has a different name.  Its not even a case of festival hijacking like Christmas.  In fact, the most critical holy days for most Christians occur on Easter weekend and early attempts at the timing placed it during Easter month.
         
        Although, the symbolism of eggs were hijacked to be a symbol of resurrection.

        • One would have thought they’d have hijacked the spring equinox celebrations, but since that occurs in late March this is scarcely a substitute.

    • Anti-Semitic?  You’re being anti-Islamic by forgetting they’re prohibited from eating bacon too (mmmmmmmm bacon…….)!
       
      You’ll be hearing from CAIR, I assure you!
       
      Good Day SIR!
       
      And, what the hell, as long as it’s as silly as it is, let’s pile it on deeper……
       
      South Park’s Fantastic Easter Special

  • I won’t be clear on any of this, up and until our distinguished scholar Mr. Scerb weighs in and puts this in some sort of post modernistic context which will explain the teacher’s thinking and clarify it for folks that just don’t get it.  I think they should call them April Spheres, or perhaps Fourth Month Spheres.  You know Porky Pig does sound a bit anti-Semitic.  But thinking about him led me to find his (Porky’s) version of “Blue Christmas.”  Here’s the link

    http://www.sodamemorabilia.info/porky-pig/

    If the teacher hears this, she will be sure to think Porky was invented to make fun of folks that stutter.

    • Stephen Hawking, Porky Pig and Carl Sagan walk into a bar?

      Which one has the oddest accent?
      Irrespective of the accent and whether they are extant or extinct, I’d imagine that Stephen and Carl would find the most to talk about because they are both theoretical physicists. But the surprise of having a talking pig with a speech defect with them would likely render both dumb. The pig would be the only one talking, so his accent would be the oddest.

  • To maintain the separation of church and state, I’m afraid that the Easter Bunny must be banned. His appearance is inevitably linked to the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now will someone please tell the good people of New Orleans that Mardi Gras is outlawed because it always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday.

  • “Spring Spheres”  …  isn’t that like a Slinky that is round in 3 dimensions

    • Any damn Sphere Bunny comin’ round these chere parts is goin’a git his ass full of #4 spheres…!!!
      Sphere Bunny chili…MIGHTLY tasty…!!!

  • McQ[S]omething that has been a traditional American practice and celebration since the founding of the country has to be made secular because A) it will somehow be construed as the school establishing religion or B) it will offend someone or C) all of the above. [emphasis mine – dj505]

    The “it MIGHT offend somebody” argument in the one that makes me most angry.  MIGHT offend somebody?  So, we’re going to screw everybody else because some hypothetical crybaby MIGHT be offended?  I suppose that some pigs are more equal, I guess.  In this case, IMAGINARY pigs.

    Bah.

    having a future time orientation

    I recall something about this from freshman psych oh-so-many years ago.  Apparently, there is some theory that some people / cultures are monochronic (scheduled; time is tangible and structurable) while others are polychronic (unscheduled; more flexible or unstructured); we nasty ol’ white norte Americanos and northern Europeans tend to be very monochronic (i.e. organized) while Latin and African-based cultures tend not to be.  So, this alleged cultural trait – organization – is racist now?  Jeebus…

    • Hey, this would go far to explain why some racial groups do poorly on timed, standardized tests, right?
      Except for the fact that culture is not heritable
      Maybe there’s a flaw we can work out in that theory…

  • The “it MIGHT offend somebody” argument in the one that makes me most angry.  MIGHT offend somebody?  So, we’re going to screw everybody else because some hypothetical crybaby MIGHT be offended?  I suppose that some pigs are more equal, I guess.  In this case, IMAGINARY pigs.

    >>>  You can’t use pigs, it offends muslims

  • technically the teacher should have called the “Spring Spheres” “Vernal Ova.”  Then the kids could hunt for individual “Vernal Ovum.”  Maybe that would have pleased all the folks.  Even sounds more scientific.  McQ I think you should write the teacher and correct her.  Still waiting for Scerb to put this in perspective for all us dumb a**es.

  • Vernal Ovum…
    That made me breathe faster…

  • I get that liberals want to make all words associated with the Christianity unwords but what’s wrong with egg?  Does the teacher order 2 spheres sunny side up or has he/she found the organic spheres at the grocery store?

  • “Collective ideologies” are now non-white??? What utter BS…
    Marx
    Lenin
    Engels
    Mussolini
    Hitler
    Gramsci
    Hegel
    ….

    Half the white world suffered most of the 20th century under modern collectivism.

  • Never mind that a “sphere” is perfectly round, not an ovoid shape.

    Well, the term “sphere” is also used for the set of all points in a metric space that are a constant distance from its center point. Depending on the metric you use, a “sphere” could indeed be ovoid-shaped.
    I’m 100% certain that the teacher was using this as an example of the applications of higher mathematics.</sarcasm>

  • I suppose I am correct in assuming that the teachers and school administrators celebrate Easter (and Christmas) by observing the public holidays dedicated to these non-religious dates?